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Our Mission and Overview
All proceeds from The Art Show benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York's most prominent social service and cultural organizations. Henry Street's mission is to open doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. For over 128 years, the Settlement has been a beacon of hope for New Yorkers coping with the effects of poverty and discrimination, lack of access to the arts, unemployment and educational needs, precarious housing, domestic violence, mental illness, or senior isolation. Our 18 Lower East Side-based sites offer a wide range of inclusive, high-impact programs reaching over 50,000 people annually through four program divisions: Education & Employment, Transitional & Supportive Housing, Health & Wellness, and Visual & Performing Arts at Abrons Arts Center.

Our Services and Impact

In the past year, Henry Street has expanded our already extensive programming in response to urgent needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. When the pandemic hit, the Settlement immediately jumped into action-we created new food pantries; expanded delivered meals to homebound seniors and families in our homeless shelters; launched a helpline and expanded mental health counseling; provided emergency cash assistance to artists, undocumented residents, and others who were struggling; and modified employment, education, arts, and health and wellness programs to serve the most vulnerable children and families. Henry Street's extensive in-person and virtual programs continue to address this catastrophic health, financial, mental health, and food insecurity crisis. The funds raised at The Art Show will play an essential role in helping sustain this vital work.